So I had started a new tote bag a few months ago, but just got too busy to get finished. So for snow day #2 (yesterday) I got it finished up! Yeah!
So I am not a pro-sewer or anything, just like it as a hobby for fun. This bag that I make is a great beginner project though, you could even leave off the pockets if you wanted. I add pockets to the inside as well as the outside.
It starts with just some rectangles cut out of 2 different fabrics, the grey and white fabric is a heavy canvas and the colorful print is just plain cotton. The red is just some binding tape I bought at Hobby Lobby. The 2 straps are just made from the canvas fabric.
The long sides are 12″ x 18″ and the short sides are 12″ x 12″. For the straps I cut 2 pieces 30″ x 4″ and just folded in half and sewed up, then turned the right side out. Then it was ironed flat.
I cut out one whole set of the grey and white and one whole set of the blue printed fabric. I used 2 of the print and 2 of the canvas for the liner and for the outer shell. I make my bag have a liner, so that it is double thick and also looks nicer inside the bag. I just sew the outer shell and turn right side facing out, then for the liner I sew and turn with the wrong sides (seams) facing out. I set the liner down into the shell and sew together at the top edge.
All pockets are added before sewing this together (I forgot to take any pics of the pockets being placed on here) For the inside pockets I add a 18″ x 8″ long pocket along the long sides, then sew it into 3 smaller sections. Great size for a water bottle, sunglasses, etc. You can really add any size pockets you like. I add a few smaller pockets to the outside ends of the bag as well, they were 12″x 8″ and just a smaller one on the other end around 8″ x 5″. I topped some of the pockets with the red binding tape, and some I just turned under and hemmed.
So there you have my basic tote bag! (In a super cute print!)
You could make this bag smaller, I like a large tote to carry all my junk, but it is a rather large sized bag.
Hope all are staying warm and safe in this nasty weather! And if you live where it’s nice- lucky you! We are now on day #3 of snow days, and I am ready for summer already!
Have a blessed day ya’ll! May you find a blessing today and pass on a blessing for someone else!